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PIA flight makes emergency landing after engine fire.

Karachi -- A passenger plane of the Pakistan International Airline (PIA) made an emergency landing at Karachi's Jinnah International airport on Sunday after its left engine caught fire. No one was hurt, officials said. All passengers were safely evacuated from the plane with no injuries reported.

PIA officials said the fire erupted in left engine of PK-787 when it took off from Karachi at 11:45 for London, carrying 180 passengers.

Officials said the engine was immediately closed after the fire and a blast was also heard. Following which, the pilot informed control tower about the situation. Authorities declared emergency on the airport, calling rescue teams, fire fighters and fire tenders for an emergency landing of the flight.

Later, the plane safe made the landing and all passengers onboard were evacuated. Media sources said the director Civil Aviation Authority has endorsed the views described above while on the other hand, Director Airport Services, Asif Bashir said the plane didn't catch fire at all and that the pilot told the control tower that a problem in the engine has been detected.

Following the incident, emergency was declared on the airport and rescue teams, ambulances and fire tenders were put on high alert. Other flight operations, also, were completely suspended until the landing back of the plane.

The incident has once again raised questioned marks on the condition and performance of PIA airplanes. Experts say that a plane is entirely checked before taking off which apparently didn't happen in the case understudy. Earlier a private news channel adds that the engine of the PIA aircraft caught fire because of a small bird that hit the engine. This caused a short circuit and eventually led to occurrence of the incident. The plane, en route to London was then landed back on one engine by the pilot in a very professionaway following the SOP and remaining in contact with the control tower. The aircraft has been parked into the hanger and condition of all the passengers has been declared safe. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is investigating the incident further.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Nov 19, 2012
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